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UK health service plans world's first artificial blood transfusions by 2017

Published on 2nd Jul 2015

Published on 2nd July 2015

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) says it may be only two years away from developing the world's first artificial blood transfusions, which could potentially revolutionize treatment for seriously ill people with complex blood types.

"Scientists across the globe have been investigating for a number of years how to manufacture red blood cells to offer an alternative to donated blood to treat patients," says Dr Nick Watkins, NHS Blood and Transplant Director. "We are confident that by 2017 our team will be ready to carry out the first early phase clinical trials in human volunteers."

Read more @ the Independent